Job market paper: Identifying teamwork skills in professional tennis

Teamwork is a first order concern for any organization bigger than a single individual. This paper provides a novel identification approach to measure value-added from teamwork net of solitary work. Holding constant the assigned task, compare a worker’s contribution to output when acting alone versus when working in a team. Define the discrepancy between the two as that worker’s value-added due to teamwork. The current application to professional tennis finds that one-fifth to one-third of output variation is explained by team value-added, and over one-half of across-team variation. Players match assortatively by both own skill and team skill dimensions, but do not sort interdimensionally. Additionally, a specification test statistically fails to reject the log additive production function.

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Works in progress

  • Re-evaluating the RAND Experiment: Bias Correction and Evidence of Time-inconsistent preferences, joint with Mona Balesh Abadi and Farah Omran
  • Paternity Certainty and Early Childhood Investment: Application to the Semi-monogamous Bari People
  • Additive and Interactive Fixed Effects in Bipartite Networks: Application to Student-Teacher Matching, joint with Michael Gilraine